X-800CHigh-Power Cinema Subwoofer


X-800C

High-Powered Bass for High-End Cinema Systems

Low End They Can Feel

The X-800C subwoofer supports full-range cinema speakers with 1,240 watts of visceral low-end punch, for bone-shaking bass in every seat. It delivers supreme power, intelligibility, and clarity in the 20–200 Hz range—reproducing the deepest rumbles and the sharpest thunder cracks with ease.

Purpose-Built for Cinema

Theatres, post facilities, and dub stages all trust in the X-800C’s crisp transient reproduction, linearity, and excellent phase coherence for smooth transitioning from screen channels to low-frequency effects (LFE). The X-800C is THX certified, and its premium birch plywood cabinet is coated with a durable, textured low-gloss finish and is handle-free for a sleek profile behind cinema screens.

Focus on Fidelity

The X-800C houses two long-excursion, high-efficiency 18-inch drivers in an optimally tuned, vented enclosure, delivering clear, punchy transients all the way down to 20 Hz—even at very high levels. Sophisticated onboard processing includes phase and frequency-response-correction filters; output rolls off below 250 Hz, avoiding potential comb-filtering effects.


Powerful, Reliable, Durable, Smart

Impressive Amplification

An internal two-channel class AB/H amplifier with complementary MOSFET output stages supplies a total output of 1,240 Watts (2,480 Watts peak), providing ample headroom to accommodate the lowest frequencies of even the most extreme digital soundtracks.

A Smooth Operator

The X-800C’s self-powered design makes installation a breeze, while a laser-trimmed differential input with high common-mode rejection enables long line-level signal runs using shielded twisted-pair cable. Once online, the IntelligentAC power supply provides automatic voltage selection, EMI filtering, soft current turn-on, and surge suppression.

Engineered for Extended Life

A host of patented onboard processing technologies, including a TruPower limiter on each amp channel, work behind the scenes to protect the X-800C’s components from damage and deliver reliable results. As with all Meyer Sound powered speakers, the X-800C is compatible with optional RMS Windows software that enables remote monitoring of system parameters over a network.

   

Impressive Amplification

An internal two-channel class AB/H amplifier with complementary MOSFET output stages supplies a total output of 1,240 Watts (2,480 Watts peak), providing ample headroom to accommodate the lowest frequencies of even the most extreme digital soundtracks.

 

A Smooth Operator

The X-800C’s self-powered design makes installation a breeze, while a laser-trimmed differential input with high common-mode rejection enables long line-level signal runs using shielded twisted-pair cable. Once online, the IntelligentAC power supply provides automatic voltage selection, EMI filtering, soft current turn-on, and surge suppression.

 

Engineered for Extended Life

A host of patented onboard processing technologies, including a TruPower limiter on each amp channel, work behind the scenes to protect the X-800C’s components from damage and deliver reliable results. As with all Meyer Sound powered speakers, the X-800C is compatible with optional RMS Windows software that enables remote monitoring of system parameters over a network.

 

The Self-Powered Advantage

Meyer Sound has been pioneering self-powered loudspeakers for professional installations and touring since 1995. We’ve committed to self-powered systems because we know they deliver unrivaled clarity, reliable performance, value, and ease of use.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a self-powered system, you’ve come to the right place.

John Meyer

First, a Little History...

The story of self-powered loudspeakers is in many ways the story of Meyer Sound itself.

In the 1970s, sound reinforcement technology was inconsistent science at best, and at worst, led to show-ending failures. A young John Meyer, designing loudspeakers for San Francisco’s McCune Sound Service, wanted to bring quality and reliability to sound systems, and he knew the answer lay in self-powered loudspeakers. In 1979 Meyer founded his own speaker company; early Meyer Sound innovations include the iconic HD-1 self-powered studio monitor launched in 1989.

Today Meyer Sound offers a full range of self-powered sound reinforcement products. Meyer Sound systems can be found on tour with artists ranging from Ed Sheeran to Metallica, on Broadway and London’s West End, and in performance venues from the San Francisco Opera to the Vienna Philharmonic   not to mention sports stadiums, cruise ships, and houses of worship around the world.

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Why Self-Powered?

Self-powered loudspeakers offer several advantages over their passive counterparts when it comes to fidelity, reliability, and simplicity. The great part is, you’ll start to reap the benefits of a self-powered system before you even power up.

Ease of deployment: System set-up is so much easier when you have fewer components and fewer cables to worry about being miswired. Since self-powered loudspeakers incorporate amplification, you’ll never have to deal with matching speakers to amplifiers or connecting components. You don’t have to worry about calibration of gain and crossover setting which means more time focusing on the show. Eliminating amp racks doesn’t just streamline system deployment, it streamlines your inventory   whether you’re a rental house or a road warrior. And when you consider that the average amp rack weighs nearly 300 pounds and takes up four feet of truck space, the efficiencies get even clearer. Let alone when you want to fly the amplifier racks to get closer to the speakers, often requiring more rigging points and more motors.

Predictable, reliable operation: Internal amplification is closely matched to drivers. Because individual components have been optimized during manufacturing, you can expect consistent sound from show to show. Built-in, factory-optimized protection circuitry provides extra assurance without degrading signal quality. And, when you have less equipment, you have less risk of failure.

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Better frequency and phase response: Because self-powered loudspeakers incorporate sophisticated processing, they are calibrated to exhibit optimal response curves in key performance parameters. Active crossovers are more precise, sophisticated designs, and bi-amped systems are time aligned, eliminating phase issues. The result? Accurate sound throughout the speaker’s range, at any volume level.

Unparalleled clarity: In, self-powered floor monitors internal amplifiers are precision-matched to drivers, delivering optimal power at all times for cleaner sound. And because amps are built into loudspeaker cabinets, there’s no need for long lengths of connecting cable, which can become prone to distortion and signal loss.

Tighter transients: Since self-powered loudspeakers have very short internal cables, amps inside can more effectively dampen driver mechanical motion, which leads to better sonic accuracy and tighter, crisper transients. (And, there’s none of the loss in levels and signal quality inherent over long cable distances.)

Certified Safe: Nothing matters more than the safety of your staff and customers. Because self-powered loudspeakers incorporate amplification, they must undergo rigorous testing by Underwriters Laboratories and other international organizations to ensure they operate safely and guard against the risk of fire, electric shock, and inadequate structural design. Enjoy peace of mind knowing Meyer Sound powered products are certified by FCC, UL, CSA, CE, and CEE   the most stringent agencies in the business.

The Problems with Passive

What about passive loudspeakers? At first glance, passive systems may seem like a bargain. But we already know that passive systems require more components and accessories than powered systems. Sonically, they exhibit potential for signal loss over distances, and it is very hard to ensure consistent, optimal sound and volume as amplifiers have many variables to consider when being matched to loudspeakers, such as cable lengths and gauge as well as the number of speakers connected to the amplifier.

Passive systems are often touted as easy to service. But because powered loudspeakers are so complex to design and build, self-powered loudspeakers usually represent the top innovations from leading manufacturers   better quality translates to better reliability, which means fewer maintenance issues in the long run.

At face value, passive systems might seem less expensive and easier to maintain. But once you start adding in amps, cables, and other components   not to mention increased transport and labor costs   you’ll find that those savings just don’t add up to a better value.

Step Up to a Self-Powered System

Once you recognize all of the advantages inherent in self-powered loudspeaker systems, it’s easy to understand why the world’s top venues and productions rely on them to deliver consistently stunning sound.